Newport Pembrokeshire Holiday Guide

Introduction

Located on the north coast of Pembrokeshire, Newport is a charming little village, with pretty ivy covered houses, that straddles the A487. It provides an excellent base for exploring both the coastal path and the “Hill of Angels – Carn Ingli”.

Newport – Trefdraeth

Located on the north coast of Pembrokeshire, Newport is a charming little village, with pretty ivy covered houses, that straddles the A487. It provides an excellent base for exploring both the coastal path and the “Hill of Angels – Carn Ingli”.

Brief History of Newport

Newport’s history dates back at least, to the Iron Age. Carn Ingli is one of Wales’s holiest mountains, and it got its name from St Brynach, he lived here with only angels for companions. Carn Ingli once had an Iron Age hill fort at the top and the outlines of 25 houses can still be seen, as well as a Bronze Age hut. It is thought that at least 150 people lived here once. Further evidence of Newport’s prehistoric past can be seen in the town. A Neolithic burial chamber, or dolmen, Carreg Coetan, was once claimed to be King Arthur’s burial site.
The castle, now a private residence, fashioned out of a ruin, is striking building, which overlooks the town. It was built during Norman times, although there is evidence of earlier ruins, by William Fitzmartin, who was married to one of the daughters of Rhys ap Gruffydd. Fitzmartin built the castle in 1191 after his father in law drove him out of Nevern, just 2 miles east of Newport.

Geography of Newport

Newport is situated on the North coast of Pembrokeshire to the east of Fishguard. It is nestled on a gentle slope that leads to the Afon Nyfer estuary.


Attractions in Newport

Apart from Carn Ingli and Carreg Coetan, other attractions in Newport include the West Wales Eco Centre tel: 01239 820235, Mon – Fri. It is an excellent centre for advice on all aspects of sustainable living. The energy efficient stone building is also the smallest solar electric generating system in the UK.

Activities in Newport

Walking: Given it’s fantastic location close to the coastal path and to Cwm Gwaun and the Preseli Hills, Newport provides plenty of excellent walks, from gentle rambles for the less experienced walker, to longer hikes for the more seasoned walker. Indeed, the bookshop sells a series of brochures, entitled “Newport Walks” by local resident, David Vaughan.

Cycling: The area immediately around Newport also offers some excellent cycling opportunities. Bicycles can be hired from Newport Mountain Bike Hire, where maps are also available.


Wining & Dining in Newport

Wining and dining in Newport is plentiful from excellent pub food served in a friendly atmosphere at The Royal Oak on Bridge Street, to something a little more special at The Cnapan Country House or the Llys Meddyg Guest House and Restaurant, both on East Street. Café Fleur on East Street and The Beehive Café on East Street, offer great snack food in cosy surroundings.


Nearby Attractions & Towns

The Gwaun valley close to Newport has a “land that time forgot” feel about it. It is fantastically remote and mysterious. The inhabitants still use the Julian calendar. A calendar abandoned by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. Consequently, they celebrate New Year on 13th January. The densely wooded countryside offers some excellent walks and for refreshment later on try Betty’s, a quaint pub in Pontfaen that feels like someone’s living room or The Duffryn Arms, a lovely old pub with beer served in jugs from a serving hatch. The Penlan Uchaf Gardens offers fantastic views over the area as well as award winning gardens, and homemade tea and cake.

The lovely village of Nevern just a mile east of Newport, is the home of the church of St Brynach. An avenue of English Yew trees line the approach to the church, and the second on the right is called the “bleeding yew” due to the reddish coloured sap that oozes from it. It is said that a man was hanged from the tree for stealing a plate. Another legend says that it will only stop bleeding once a Welsh lord of the manor is in the castle. The castle was originally Norman, although the current overgrown ruin is a replacement to the original.

A couple of miles further east of Nevern is Castell Henllys , currently undergoing archaeological excavation and reconstruction of a Celtic settlement that existed there, over 2000 year ago. Throughout the summer crafts such as basket weaving can be tried, and children can learn to be archaeologists.

Tourist Information

The National Park Tourist Office is on Long Street, tel:01239 820912. Two other good sources of tourist information can be found at the Bwydydd Cyflawn whole food shop on East Street and the Post Office on Long Street.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015


The Llwyngwair Manor Park is set in the 55 acres of grass and woodland of Llwyngwair Estate, and bounded by the River Nevern.